Derrick Coleman was responsible for a roll-over accident in Bellevue on the 13600 block of SE 36th Street on Wednesday October 14th, 2015 at around 6:20 pm (shortly after the end of practice). According to a statement released by Bellevue police, Coleman was driving at a high rate of speed in his green Dodge pickup east on 36th Street and struck another vehicle traveling in the same direction. The other vehicle (a Honda Civic) rolled onto its roof and Coleman’s truck rolled onto its side. The other driver sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries (word is that the man driving the Civic had a broken clavical). Coleman had to be assisted out of his vehicle, but appeared unharmed. He then walked away from the scene of the accident barefoot and was found standing approximately two blocks away. Coleman was arrested for vehicular assault and hit and run (felonies). Coleman was initially held without bail and suspended indefinitely by the Seahawks, but he was released on Friday (two days later) and subsequently reinstated.
Immediate suspicious seem to be that Coleman was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, but his attorney released a video “in good faith” showing his client appeared NOT to be intoxicated shortly after his arrest. He lawyer said he may have walked away from the accident due to shock or a possible concussion. Bellevue police did take blood samples for DUI testing, but these will take approximately 30 days to get back.
Charges may still be filed against Coleman, depending on the result of the blood tests among other factors. However, the Seahawks organization has said that Coleman will sit out this Thursday’s game because they have announced that he does have a concussion.